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I’m not a huge green tea fan, but Genmai Cha is one that I really enjoy. This particular one has a lot of flavor and smell to it. The grassy-ness competes with the toasty-ness for dominant flavor. While the tea is still hot, the grassy flavor/smell wins out, but as it cools, the toasty flavor/smell starts to dominate. I can easily drink this without any sugar or milk or anything, there’s plenty of good flavor already. There’s no bitterness.
Flavors: Grass, Toasty
Refreshing, primarily tea taste with a hint of mango. I think the mango flavor could have been stronger, but it was so refreshing I drank my whole sample packed (which I had prepared iced) in one day which is uncommon.
This is why I always return to Adagio for teas I intend for iced tea. They are just so inexpensive, the quality really isn’t terrible most of the time (cold brewing the blacks is the way to go), and I go through iced tea SO darn quickly I really need to be economical. Their points system trumps the rest, too, if you can remember to “share” a cup you are drinking daily for 2 points. I normally spend well over my points with them each year, but I would say the rewards points alone fund 70% of what I receive.
I had higher expectations for this tea. The base oolong is a bit weak and you can barely taste the vanilla without adding sugar or honey-I like my tea with very little additives so this was a bit sad. I’ve mixed this tea hoping for better results like Golden monkey and Golden dragon with no prevail. Anyone else had luck with this tea?
I’ll be honest, I was really disappointed when I opened the tin. I was expecting a luscious mixture of black tea, rose petals, and chocolate. Instead, I got a tin of black tea, a bunch of desiccated rose petals, and a single chocolate chip. It smells really good though, about 90% chocolate and 10% strawberry.
I steeped the tea for 5 min at 190F (yes, I know I should have used hotter water), and here’s the result: It’s a nice brown color, about what one would expect with a good black tea. The chocolate/strawberry smell is even more powerful here, and it really does smell amazing. You get a bit of the feel of the cream going on, too.
The flavor was okay. It was a little bitter, but just the regular bite of black tea. The chocolate is there, but not super present. There’s not really any hint of the rose petals that were in the tin.
If you’re the kind of person who chooses their tea by smell, I highly recommend this tea. Likewise, if you’re a big fan of flavored black teas, this will be great for you, too. But I was a bit disappointed by Adagio on this one. I think my tea was quite old, as the rose petals were pretty pathetic and the flavor was okay. I’m guessing a fresh blend of this would be a bit peppier.
I’ve got some pictures of the tea on my blog: http://lizkuba.com/tea-review-libra-by-adagio/
Flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry
I am a big fan of white tea, but I’ve been wanting to branch out to green tea for a while now. After reading the descriptions of a few, this was one I settled on.
It’s light. Really light. If you’d just handed me the freshly brewed tea, I would have said that it’s a slightly grassy white tea. The liquor is very pale, and the flavor isn’t robust. I can definitely see how someone coming off of a more traditional green tea would call this bland or flavorless.
It’s not doing a lot for me. I won’t have a problem finishing the sampler pouch, but I doubt I’ll buy it again.
I had this while at a bonfire, and it was fantastically unique. My friend wanted either green or white tea, so I picked this. I feel this is a very nice median point between the two. The tea consists of small brown buds and shards. They brew up a light rusted brown liquor and smell of hay and sugar. The taste is wonderful. The initial sip is of roast and white grapes with a sugary undertone. This was perfect for late night campside beverage :)
Flavors: Roasted, Sugar, White Grapes
I oversteeped this, so it was a bit bitter, but it reminds me of orange juice. I haven’t drunk any orange juice in a while, however. I think I would rather drink this than orange juice, though the flavor is a bit off, and not at all what I expect from something Blood Orange flavored. I will have to try this again later.
I love a mint green tea. So refreshing and crisp. So when I was in Chicago a couple months ago and was able to go to an Adagio store, I instantly grabbed a bag of this. Been wanting to try it for a while. Probably one of the mintiest teas I have ever had. Not sure how often I’ll reach for it, but its good to have to play around with and maybe add a few herbals into.
Here is the rest of the review:
Flavors: Green, Mint
I got chai’d out maybe a year ago. I think I got a bunch of Tazo chai that was pretty strongly flavored, and after that I started avoiding chai.
But later I was visiting Adagio Tea in Skokie, IL, and I was trying various coconut teas. Even though I wasn’t into chai at the time, I tried their Thai chai, and I have to say it’s tasty enough to get me back into chais. I usually drink it hot, but I also find it’s almost tastier cooled so if you’re looking for an iced tea this could be pretty good for that, too. Versatile!
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Coconut, Ginger
This is pretty good. I have this weird relationship with Earl Greys and bergamot in general, where it tastes like licking a bar of soap plain, but somehow becomes oddly appealing with milk. Same goes, here. The extra citrus isn’t overwhelming but gives it just a bit of a zing that most Earl Greys wouldn’t have.
Each individual cluster is so well packaged that one can throw an envelope into one’s bag and carry magic around with them everywhere, just in case they want to delight an audience with good, fragrant tea and a really beautiful bloom.
The green tea itself can be overpowered by the jasmine in the first steep, but it’s hard to mind. Later there’s a good, crisp vegetable flavor with just a bit of bitterness that I really do enjoy.
This is not an everyday tea, but it does provide a way to make any day a special one.
I like this tea, at least when I give it a good week or so between tastings. I’m not sure why I get sick of it, but I do. I think it’s the leaf-pile scent that remains after my nose gets used to the sweet and fruity aromas.
With that confession off my chest, let me stress that this is a quality tea with a lots of complex flavor that somehow doesn’t get lost even though there’s this up-front sort of astringency. Instead of a dry-mouthed tannin taste, what lingers is very pleasant. If it reads like I can’t write about this tea without mixing up the pleasant and unpleasant, that’s about right. What matters is that the tea never fails to engage, and I keep coming back to relive the experience.
Oh, I also tend to start out drinking this without any sweetener. By the time I finish the cup I usually add a bit. It’s more enjoyable with it, but it’s so interesting without.
For some this tea is probably perfect. They can likely enjoy the muted spectrum of flavor and scent that is mostly lost on me. As much as I’d like to be in their camp, I need the volume on my white tea to by dialed just a bit higher. That said, what I do taste and smell is not bad. This is an enjoyable, if muted, tea with a slight floral scent (and like another reviewer explained it, some bread dough) and little to no bitterness (no matter how long I let this sit).
I’ve also noticed that the leaves have this marathon quality, so I can get the same weaker cup of tea out of this for several long steeps.
Brewed some of this up to drink while I eat lunch and watch a tense episode of Psych. (Hands down one of my favorite tv shows.) I brewed it a little too long and probably with too hot water. (I wasn’t paying much attention) Anyway, despite being a bit bitter, it was great watered down. I had some mango and my tea really complimented the fruit. It’s amazing how much the leaves unfurl. My grandmother (who drinks only tea bags and loose tea is still a new area for her) is amazed by all the big leaves. She really likes this tea, which is rare for her to like a loose tea. She enjoys black tea and pu’erh but says that everything else has no flavor. Well, I’m off to finish this episode and I really ought to edit my English paper. I’m going to need more tea
I tried out this tea this morning while eating breakfast with friends. I brought my tea tumbler (totally just spelled that tumblr at first) with me that I had already put tea leaves into. I’ll be really honest, so far I’ve loved all of my yunnan tea samples from Adagio. Sooo much so that I want to drink them all the time and all day long. They’re more expensive than what I normally drink so I was hoping that I’d hate this tea. I didn’t. I love it so much!!! It’s dark and fruit y and sweet and mellow. I love that I can brew yunnans for a super long amount of time and they still taste delicious. This tea re-brews extremely well. The appearance of the dry leaves is so pretty but I love watching the unfurled leaves as they float around in my tea. Flavor wise- spectacular. Sorry for the randomness and the jumping back and forth on topic, but I get pretty excited when I find a tea that I fall head over heels for. Its a modern day love story. (lol)
On a side note, does anyone have a good recommendation for yunnan black teas? I like to keep it affordable though I really want to try Whispering Pines golden snail.
Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Malt, Sweet, Wet Earth
’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #29
This was an odd one to find. Hibiscus flavored?!? Adagio must have every flavor! I think it is mostly “flavored” as I only see here and there pieces of hibiscus. I can’t believe Adagio’s base is a Ceylon because I actually like this base. It must be a rare Ceylon I actually like. As for the hibiscus flavor, it wasn’t that noticeable to me.
This was such a wonderful tea: Lovely apple and caramel aromas, nice rounded flavors, a very small hint of sweetness. Equal parts apple and caramel flavors as well. Added some vanilla creamer for an even creamier flavor.
Flavors: Apple, Caramel
I am not opposed to almond, but it’s not one of my primary flavor preferences. I got this as a sample from the lovely people at Adagio because I like their Vanilla Oolong.
The almond flavor is nice, but it’s a little bright – as pointed out, it feels a little almond-extracty. Adagio’s oolong is always nice, but it’s just not as strong with such a sharp almond flavor. I’ll finish the sample packet, but I doubt I’ll buy any more when there are other flavors that I enjoy more.
Flavors: Almond, Nutty, Sweet, Tea
So this morning I took some with me in my tea tumbler (after brewing it up in the one touch). Brewing it in the one touch wasn’t the bad idea. The bad idea was carrying it in the tea tumbler. When I got to work and poured my first cup it tasted burnt. This was not the way I wanted to start my Thursday.
I naturally did not want to review those two cups of tea. So instead I heated the water to 180 and opted to break in Mr. TEA infuser to steep the leaves and toasted rice. I will say this Adagio does use a lot of toasted rice in their version of genmai cha. I’m not against this (I for one love the taste) but I’d like to see some green tea in there too!
A word on Mr. TEA. He’s a pretty cool guy who hangs on your tea cup while he steeps your tea in his “pants”. Yeah, I thought of this one after I started sipping…but let it go in favor of enjoying my tea. He does a great job at steeping tea, the trouble comes when you need to clear out the tea leaves. It’s a little bit of a pain in the pants…pun intended! Thankfully I found that you CAN flip said pants inside out (do this carefully) and everything cleans up pretty well.
Right, back to the tea! Once again I get that really great taste of the toasted rice mixed with the vegetal taste of the green tea. But unlike the Shirakawa from earlier this week, I don’t get a specific veggie jumping out at me. Which makes me a little sad because spinach is my jam. There is the hint of a grassy flavor on the finish, but only a hint. I’m not saying it isn’t a good cup of tea. Just that the flavors were more pronounced in the genmaicha from Steepster.
Flavors: Grass, Green, Toasted Rice
Sample from Nichole. Thank you!
I’ve been curious about this for a while. I always like trying new herbal teas and this sold out before I could put in an order. I wasn’t a fan of this though. When I first opened the package, the smell reminded me of something, but it took me a while to place it. This smells like eyeshadow. I don’t think eyeshadow smells bad, but it’s not something I’ve ever thought of tasting. This just strikes me as really odd.